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The Provo River begins in the peaks of the Uintah Mountains and ends in the valley floor at Utah Lake. Starting out as a series of small streams and high mountain lakes, the Provo River drops an astonishing 6,000' during its 67-mile journey.
There are three different sections of the Provo River. The first stretch runs roughly 35 miles uninterrupted to its first impoundment, Jordanelle Reservoir. This stretch of river is the only section of the Provo that is considered "freestone". The flows on this stretch of the river are entirely determined by the previous winters snow pack in the Uintah Mountains. It typically receives high spring flows and low late summer and winter flows.
The Upper Provo starts out small but gains water as it loses altitude. Public access is tough to come by once you reach the small town of Woodland. This section of the river is loaded with Cutthroats as well as some brookies and planted rainbows. This section of water fishes best from about mid-June through late October.
The Middle Provo is considered the water from Jordanelle Reservoir downstream to Deer Creek Reservoir, a distance of roughly 12 river miles. The flows in this stretch of water are determined by the releases at Jordanelle Dam so the flows are more consistent than the Upper.
Brown trout dominate the middle section of the Provo but some Cutthroat and Rainbows can be caught as well. This section of the river is currently open to bait fishing but doesn't receive too much pressure from such fisherman. One of the best attributes of the middle Provo is that there are no roads paralleling the river so to access the waters you must park in one of seven major access points. Because of this set up fishing the middle Provo feels much more like fishing a wild river.
The last section of the river, which is considered the Lower Provo, runs a distance of roughly 20 miles from Deer Creek Dam to Utah Lake (11 miles through Provo Canyon and 9 miles through the city). The first 9 miles below the Dam boasts a large population of trout (roughly 4,500 per mile), most of which are browns with a smaller population of Cutts and Bows.
Because the Lower Provo is only a short drive from Salt Lake and because it offers such incredible fishing, it is hte most crowded stretch of the entire Provo River. Except for during the winter months, the river can oftentimes be crowded on this stretch of water. But even when angling pressure is high, you can usually find a good stretch of river to fish.
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